Take a tour of the weathered, circa-1640 Dexter Grist Mill in Sandwich and fill your senses with living history and the scent of fresh-ground corn meal — the same stuff that fueled the settlement back in the day. Water-driven wooden gears power a 54-inch French burl millstone.
The building rumbles as it churns out the same daily grind that fed factory workers during the glass-making heyday of the 1800s. It closed in 1881, sitting idle until it was opened as a tearoom in the 1920s. It was restored to its rustic roots in 1961. Buy a bag of freshly milled organic corn and try out the johnnycake recipe when you get home.
On Shawme Duck Pond.